touch deprivation

touch deprivation

a lack of tactile stimulation, especially in early infancy. If continued for a sufficient length of time, it may lead to serious developmental and emotional disturbances, such as stunted growth, personality disorders, and social regression. In severe cases a child who is deprived of adequate physical handling and emotional stimulation may not survive infancy. See also hospitalism.
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He also examines the effects of touch deprivation, particularly in early childhood.
Their work indicates that touch deprivation promotes a wide range of developmental deficiencies.
Research suggests that touch deprivation in early development and again in adolescence may contribute to violence in adults.
Yet, due to common social attitudes, many elderly experience touch deprivation.